Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (50-36)
Pitching: RHP John Lackey (9-4, 4.40)
BLUE JAYS (43-44)
Pitching: RHP Brandon Morrow (5-6, 4.69)
Game time: 1:07 p.m.
State of the Sox: They snapped a four-game losing streak night with a resounding 14-3 victory that included four home runs. This is the first of two games left before the All-Star break.
Daytime daze: The Red Sox are 8-13 in day games. Not one other team in baseball — not one — has fewer wins during the day. Even Terry Francona, who pays little attention to such statistics, mentioned it last night. It’s very weird.
Exchange rate: The Sox are 6-1 against Toronto this season, outscoring the Jays 46-26.
That’s offensive: The Sox lead the majors with 473 runs and are second with 116 home runs. They have had 10+ hits in 43 of 86 games and since June 10 have 152 runs, 105 extra-base hits and 37 home runs over a span of 25 games.
Big, bad John: Lackey has a 3.04 ERA in eight career starts at the Rogers Centre.
On the iPod right now: My Generation by The Who from Live at Leeds.
Back with more later on.